Cherokee Ridge Alpine Trail

MODERATE 74 reviews

Cherokee Ridge Alpine Trail is a 3.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Dadeville, Alabama that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

3.2 miles
383 feet

dog friendly




nature trips

trail running




wild flowers


Beautiful trail, well signed, pretty lake views, most scenic trail in Alabama

7 days ago

Just a lot of fun. They've done a great job if incorporating a lot of hiking into a relatively small area. You could spend a lot of time loving it!

4 months ago

Was out on the trail early this morning and absolutely love it! The south loop is a great trail! Well maintained but it would help if there were a bit more markings. Gotta look hard with the leaves on the ground!!

4 months ago

Beautiful trail in the fall. The overlook at the trailhead is amazing - lots of picnic tables to gather around and plenty of newly paved parking. There are steep spots in the trail and it could be better marked, but the trails are well maintained. This is a great trail for dogs - especially those that want to play in the water as there are many areas to stop and jump in.

5 months ago

There are several trail options here. The four mile trail should be classified as moderate to difficult. The trail is marked with white paint on trees and rocks along the way. Make sure you are paying attention though or you will find yourself lost.

7 months ago

Great trail for young kids!

9 months ago

Enjoyed it immensely! Some tough spots, some easy spots, beautiful view of the lake!

9 months ago

Great trail. Quiet with some awesome views of the lake.

10 months ago

Fantastic trail to train on or just enjoy Alabama's finest

10 months ago

I took the 4 mile trail with my dog and it had some nice views. The terrain is moderate. Overall it's a nice trail for a day hike.

11 months ago

11 months ago

nice trail. nothing spectacular but lots of neat stuff to look at.

11 months ago

This trail is a quick 30 minute drive from Auburn and is great for a quick day trip if you want a change from Chewacla. We took our dogs - the first half had plenty of shade and 2 inlets for them to swim in, but the second half goes back to the top of the ridge and gets more sunny and a little more difficult. So take plenty of water for yourself and the pups.

The main view from the top of the parking lot is beautiful, and the couple views of the lake are also nice. Otherwise, it's just a nice quiet hike in the woods.

About a half mile from the parking lot is where you run into the first inlet. It would actually be a great spot to take picnic, take kayaks out, and just hang out for a few hours.

This trail is also extremely well marked and has many emergency access trails.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

If you are going to choose between this and the Deadening Alpine Trail, the Deadening is better

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Good trail with some moderately steep sections to deal with (towards the end, you run perpendicular with the elevation making for a good leg workout). Good views and decent traffic on a Saturday afternoon. We did the Cherokee Ridge Alpine Loop Trail, and will be back soon for the others.

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

This was an awesome hike with beautiful views of the lake. Would love to go in early April to see all the azaleas blooming! Will do again!

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Good first hike of the year!!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Great views of Beautiful Lake Martin.

Monday, February 13, 2017

moderately challenging. beautiful scenery.

Saturday, February 04, 2017

One of many trails originating from this location. All are excellent!

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Hiked the 3-mile north trail today. This section, in my opinion, has some of the best scenic views of all the Cherokee Ridge trails and some good natural features along the trail.
One of my favorites!

A great place to get away for a little while. Highly recommend!

Monday, January 09, 2017

This trail was fun. Did not make it through the entire trail due to time but it was so much fun for my dog and I. There was ice on the rocks that day. It was beautiful. Well worth the time. I will definitely be going back.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

There are in fact several connected loop trails from this location. You can choose different ways according to your time and energy, it can be as short as 1 mile and as long as 7 mile, which I think one can spend a whole day there.Trails are well designed and we can get very close to the water. Will go there again.

Monday, November 28, 2016

This trail is supported but the Cherokee ridge Alpine Trail Association, and they're doing a great job. It is well marked and maintained. There is a map at the beginning of the trailhead (head to the right of the stone sign in the parking lot), which tells you how to extend your hike. If you complete the side loops according to the map, you can hike up to seven miles. Very beautiful both along the lake and in the trees.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

I loved this trail and looking forward to returning soon. The 3.1 mile loop is challenging in some parts because of elevation changes and steep rocky terrain, but the variety of trees, plants and views of the lake make it worth it. I did the trail solo and felt relatively safe. There is a sign-in sheet at the Deadening Alpine entrance. Trail is easy to follow and fall colors were amazing.

Sunday, November 06, 2016

The wife and I have been to this trail twice. The first time we hiked the 3.2 mile south loop. This time we hiked the 4.0 mile trail, which adds a portion to the 3.2 mile loop. The views of the lake are very good, with some interesting natural features. The trails are well marked and well defined.
At times it's challenging but overall agree with the moderate rating.
There is a nice picnic area at the parking lot with a great scenic view of Lake Martin.
Well worth the time!

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Very well marked . Awesome trail with great views . Challenging at times

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

The trail is great! My wife and I did the 4 mile loop. It was so hot though. We will definitely do it again in the fall.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Deadening Alpine Trail is excellent. Well marked, great elevation changes, and good views. One of my favorites in the area.

Thursday, June 02, 2016

Perhaps one of the best hikes in central Alabama, especially in the Fall. Physiography is not what you would expect in this part of the state. Depending on which trails you choose, this hike can give you an excellent workout. Views of Lake Martin and the Tallapoosa River are outstanding. Wildlife is often seen early in the mornings. Be sure and use DEET in the summer months as ticks can be a problem on these trails.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Great day!

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